4. Hendrix Lapierre, C, Chicoutimi Sagueneens – QMJHL
I’ll admit it now; I’m a huge, huge fan of Hendrix Lapierre and I would be over the moon if he were to fall in to the laps of the Golden Knights.
If it wasn’t for a string of concussions that turned out not to actually be concussions, Lapierre would be almost a lock for the top ten, which is saying a lot given how deep this Draft class is.
Having put a nightmare year behind him, the two-way center has jumped out to a quick start this season with five points (3 G, 2 A) in two games for Chicoutimi this season, and that has started to attract some serious buzz.
There is no doubt that Lapierre boasts all the intangibles needed to one day morph into an excellent two-way center in the NHL, and he could be the absolute steal of the Draft, let alone the First Round.
A highly-skilled and intelligent forward, Lapierre went on an absolute tear at the last Hlinka Gretzky Tournament with 11 points (3 G, 8 A) in five games and he certainly boasts plenty of upside.
An elite puck-carrier, Lapierre is also a good size at six feet, 181 pounds and he could develop into a real high-end two way center in the NHL eventually.
Compared to Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov, Lapierre will only grow as he gets older and he has the skills and the mentality to be able to play a real 200 foot game and excel in both zones, while he could be an effective force in the faceoff circle.
Also Lapierre is an absolute creative force and he can be an elite playmaker at both 5-on-5 and on the power play, making him a valuable commodity in the National Hockey League.
A finalist for the 2019-20 Michael-Bossy Trophy, awarded to the best professional prospect emerging from the QMJHL, Lapierre could be the steal of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft and he would be a perfect fit for the Golden Knights, who could do with adding another elite center prospect to go along with 2017 pick Cody Glass.